- Published: Monday, 31 August 2015 15:27
India: Bhuvan Ganga (Ganges) Web Portal
The recently launched Bhuvan Ganga web portal and the Bhuvan Ganga mobile application will use existing geospatial information and crowd-sourced reporting to monitor pollution levels in the River Ganga (Ganges). The data portal already provides access to a variety of geospatial information including as flood hazard zones and environmental data and visitors to the site will be able to contribute to the project by uploading shapefiles and WMS layers.
Impressed by geospatial resources such as Google Earth, but concerned about potential misuses of the information following the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in 2008, the Indian Government launched its own version, describing Bhuvan as a gateway to the geospatial world. The benefits of providing open access to national, regional and local geospatial information outweighed lingering concerns over potential future attacks. Over the last seven years the site has developed into a comprehensive resource of geospatial datasets and services.
The Bhuvan geoportal includes high resolution satellite image, hydrological layers (basins, sub-basin, watershed boundaries and drainage), natural resources information (land use/land cover, wasteland, soil, geology & geomorphology and urban growth), disaster related layers, water resources projects and canal network. Continuous update of the portal is planned with water quality maps using satellite data, after integrating with the field measured water quality data.
The user-friendly, android mobile application is developed to enable the public to collect and report information on various pollution sources that affect the water quality of the river Ganga. The app has provision to collect information regarding urban sewage, semi-urban/rural sewage, natural drains/nallas, industrial waste water, solid waste disposal or any other pollution source. The first version of the application is available for download from the Bhuvan Ganga portal.